Writer in residence makes 2011 Giller short list

October 4, 2011

On October 4, the jury for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the prestigious Canadian fiction award, announced its short list of nominees.

MacEwan’s writer in residence, Lynn Coady, made the cut for The Antagonist, along with David Bezmozgis, Patrick deWitt, Esi Edugyan, Zsuzsi Gartner and Michael Ondaatje.

Lynn describes her novel as a “fiction about writing fiction” – the story of Rank, who sets out, by email, to tell his side of the story after an old friend publishes a novel about him. The Antagonist charts Rank’s transformation “from this big thug sending angry emails to becoming a writer who’s starting to understand how fiction works,” Lynn explains.

In September, Lynn said she was excited to make the long list, but that the award means so much more.

“The Giller is a real boon for the publishing industry in Canada because it gets so many people paying attention to Canadian fiction.”

The winning novel will be announced on November 8.

As MacEwan’s writer in residence, Lynn will be available (by appointment) to consult with aspiring writers during her three-month tenure at the university.

She will be in residence until December 16.

Find out how to connect with Lynn.

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